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One of the best and most fun ways to engage in advocacy is through observing it. Now this doesn't specifically mean watching the news or sitting on Capitol Hill, but there are some unique locations that advocate in their own ways.
Stores, shops, and boutiques have so many products ranging from figurines to t-shirts to posters, and usually the money that is spent there is given to a good charity or organization. Here are some stores in my own area that are dedicated to advocacy.
The Outrage is a store in that is centered around activism and community. Located in Washington D.C., the hub of all things politics, the store creates a welcoming and inviting space for buyers to engage with local activists and shop the wide range of advocacy products. The store is able to connect people with causes they care about, and not to mention, they give back with every purchase made!
PERFORMANCES To see
LIVE PERFORMANCES GIVE A SURREAL ASPECT TO WHAT YOU'RE WATCHING. SEEING A SPEAKER OR ACTOR SHARING THEIR VULNERABILITY ALLOWS YOU TO CONNECT WITH THE SHOW AND FEEL THE RAW EMOTIONS PORTRAYED. WITH ADVOCACY, IT ALSO ALLOWS YOU TO EXHIBIT EMPATHY, AND LEARN ABOUT NEW PERSPECTIVES. HERE ARE SOME PERFORMANCE GROUPS IN MY AREA THAT FOCUS ON ADVOCACY.
VOICES OF NOW
Voices of Now is a theatre performance by Arena Stage that is created entirely by teens and young adults. Different ensembles work together to create a short play involving their real life stories and experiences relating to one common topic. The youth ensemble members are able to share their perspectives on the world to all generations, and display elaborate tableaus while doing so.
THROUGH PERFORMING, WE ARE ABLE TO EXPRESS OURSELVES AND EXPLORE OUR CREATIVITY. IN ADDITION, WE CAN GIVE PERSPECTIVE TO OUR AUDIENCE, AND GAIN CONFIDENCE. PERFORMING CAN BE JUST LIKE ADVOCACY BECAUSE YOU ARE ABLE TO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH A COMMUNITY, AND THEY ARE ABLE TO LEARN FROM YOUR PIECE.
OPEN MIC NIGHTS
In local bookstores and coffee shops, I bet you'll find an opening for open mic night. At open mic nights, local artists, poets, and activists are able to share their stories through melodic rhythms or to just create some laughs. Either way, by performing at open mic nights or just attending one for the watch, you're able to learn something about someone new, and watch the performer engage in their passion fearlessly.
MUSEUMS CAN INFORM US ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS OVER SEVERAL PERIODS OF TIME. BY SEEING ARTIFACTS, LETTERS, AND PHOTOS, WE ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND MORE CLEARY WHAT THE PAST WAS LIKE, AND HOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED. THROUGH SIMULATIONS AND ACTIVITIES, WE ARE ABLE TO PLACE OUR FEET IN OTHER PEOPLES' SHOES, AND DEVELOP GREATER EMPATHY.
The Smithsonian Museums have a large array of topics depending on what your interests are. Some museums are the National Museum of Natural History, American History, African American History & Culture, or even the National Zoo. Through going to these museums, you can learn about the history of different issues you are passionate about, and how they relate to today's society. Plus, tickets are free!
By walking through the world's greatest cities, places, or historical landmarks, we get a glimpse inside our world. in tours, you get to be with a group and share a common experience to build community and collaborate. You also get to see the inspiration others' in history took, and how that impacts our present.
TOURS W/ YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
If you go to the website of your state representative, they should have a tab that shows services, which includes tours. Through reaching out to them and making a reservation, you can be able to tour their offices or even the Capitol. Right now because of Covid, tours are very limited, but during the mean time, you can walk around your town and stop by its local government offices.
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